Vultures

One of the signature birds of the African plains, they are associated with kills and carcasses as they are usually seen soaring to the ground or sitting in trees waiting for predators to finish feeding. There are eight species of vultures in Africa.

Characteristics

General

The eight species of vulture in Africa are: Hooded, White-backed, Lappet-faced, White headed, Egyptian, Palmnut, Cape Griffon and Ruppel’s Griffon.

Vultures are generally solitary birds – or pairing – only gathering at carcasses. White-backed vultures are gregarious out of the breeding season when they more often than not nest alone as a pair. The Cape Griffon is the most gregarious of the vultures, nesting in colonies on cliff faces